Philosopher and poet Stephen Schroeder examines literary and philosophical approaches to the unspeakable, including divine suffering in Kierkegaard; the legacy of Auschwitz in Adorno; the female social experience in Virginia Woolf; and the history of slavery in the US in Toni Morrison. Looking at contemporary unspeakables, Schroeder has the following to say: “The only way to speak of the whole is to learn to say nothing – not to stop at the obvious, the incompetence of bureaucrats, the brutality of dictators, the spin of politicians, but to shake the system to its core, to say no to the process as well as the products it produces.”
is a poet and philosopher. He currently teaches humanities and philosophy at Shenzhen University in the People’s Republic of China.
A note on American philosophy
Steven Schroeder looks at uniquely “American” philosophy and argues for a more mature body of thought that ceases to be concerned only with America itself. Instead, new philosophy must reconnect again with the great philosophical questions, he argues.